Randall Reeves

Weed

23 Apr

April 22, 2019

Day 199

Noon Position: 3 12S  28 21W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): WNW 6

Wind(t/tws): E 11

Sea(t/ft): E 4

Sky: Cumulus

10ths Cloud Cover: 2

Bar(mb): 1014+, steady

Cabin Temp(f): 91

Water Temp(f): 87

Relative Humidity(%): 66

Sail: All three main sails flying. The #2 is poled to starboard. Broad reach.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 149

Miles since departure: 27,164

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

Leg North Miles: 4,214

Leg North Days: 33

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

A fair wind overnight and today that’s made the fairer by flying a boat load of canvas. All three working sails are up and ...

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Night Visitors

22 Apr

April 21, 2019/Day 198

Noon Position:  05 20S  27 02W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): WNW

Miles since departure: 27,015

Avg. Miles/Day: 136

 

A strange night. Altostratus covered the sky by sundown and stayed there. Its layering was thin, allowing the full moon to shine through with here and there a star, but beneath this, dark squall clouds built. A light, hot wind threatened to do nothing more than die away altogether.

I lay splayed and sleepless in the cabin, still 89 degrees at midnight. By dawn the squall clouds were getting serious, and I began preparing for a dirty day. But ...

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Roaring Forties B-Roll, VIDEO

20 Apr

April 19, 2019/Day 196

Noon Position: 09 28S  25 24W

Miles since departure: 26,747/Avg. Miles/Day: 136

It took me a while to figure it out. Why I was perspiring so heavily in the cabin while doing nothing at all. But it’s the wind, of course, which is now generally aft of the beam at 10 or so knots. Consequently, the breeze below is much reduced. And man, it’s hot.

Today’s video is a miracle. Actually, that you are seeing it is a miracle. For three days, the app I use to edit and compile video has failed to export ...

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Hansen’s Ex-Meridian Tables

19 Apr

April 18, 2019/Day 195

Noon Position: 11 33S  24 42W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): WNW 5

Miles since departure: 26,615

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

 

Not sure if wind fell lighter overnight, causing us to slow down, or if we were slowed by taking the wind aft of the beam. In any case, we were slower. Winds are steady but quite light; rarely over 10 knots.

I should be flying the big genoa, but we are back to wind just forward of the beam this afternoon, and that sail is a bear on a reach. At least that’s my excuse. I’ve not changed sail ...

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A Night Visitor and Your Comments

17 Apr

April 16, 2019/Day 193

Noon Position: 15 59S  23 17W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NxE 6

Miles since departure: 26,335

Avg. Miles/Day: 136

 

Good sailing last two days. Even wind. Mo is consistent in head and speed. Have barely touched the tiller or sheets yesterday or today.

Woke to a visitor in the scuppers, a rather large flying fish that, in the night, had not managed to escaped the Monster Mo.

Interesting to examine the fish. Their bodies are shaped like inverted triangles with big eyes pointing down to see what must be their main foe, the Dorado, as it charges up ...

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Thoughts on the Approaching Doldrums

16 Apr

April 15, 2019/Day 192

Noon Position: 18 29S  22 50W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NxW 6

Miles since departure: 26,191

Avg. Miles/Day: 136

 

Wind has stayed blessedly consistent the last 24 hours and the sky clear. On a 12 – 15 knot northeasterly we’ve made good time.

As I type, it’s approximately 1,000 miles to the line (the equator). Now the question of how we handle the approaching doldrums comes to the fore.

Conventional wisdom has it that a sailing vessel should stay to the west of that belt of calms, and a daily examination of weather at the ITCZ these last ...

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A Radio Call

10 Apr

April 8, 2019/Day 185

Noon Position: 30 35S  23 41W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ENE 7

Miles since departure: 25,405

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

 

A fast night. Somehow I found Monte’s sweet spot, and with two reefs in everything, I didn’t have to touch sail or tiller line all night. And our course, 30 degrees on the button. Excellent. Rough, but excellent.

Today has also been fast. We’re averaging 7 knots at moment, but the wind is beginning to ease. I think morning will initiate the next chapter of this northing saga: Getting Through the South Atlantic High. At moment there are nearly ...

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An Extended Complaint

9 Apr

April 7, 2019/Day 184

Noon Position: 32 25S  25 46W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NExE 6

Miles since departure: 25,255

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

 

A godforsaken bit of water, this.

Same ritual overnight; wind accelerates; I kit up and reef. By the time I’m back in the cockpit, another reef is needed. That’s at 11PM. At 3AM I wake to find we’re doing 4 knots and headed east. Wind has dropped way off. Let out reefs. Rain. Let out more reefs at dawn. All reefs back in by noon.

A thick, light-blocking sky today such that I made the first two log ...

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The Birthplace of Weather

8 Apr

April 6, 2019/Day 184

Noon Position: 33 39S  27 54W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ENE 6+

Wind(t/tws): NWxN 14+

Miles since departure: 25,125

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

 

Tough night. Wind began to increase just as I started my sleep cycle (typical!). First one, then two, and then three reefs. I sat up with “the blow” and dozing in the pilot house till about 3AM, when things settled in at 20 knots from the NWxN.

More bang and slosh.

I put “the blow” in quotation marks because there was no change to the barometer and hardly any change to the sky. Just incrementally ...

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Mo and Randall Depart the Roaring Forties

3 Apr

April 1, 2019/Day 179

Noon Position: 39 49S  38 20W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NE 6

Wind(t/tws): WNW 17 – 20

Miles since departure: 24,492

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

 

Wind went light overnight, but that wasn’t so much the issue as the SE setting current we had to plow through. Speeds over the ground were four knots and less, though we were much faster through the water.

Rain by sunrise with a twenty knot northwesterly and a deck of very serious cloud, low and ragged and a reminder that this is not the tropics and our blessedly steady wind is not blowing trade ...

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